During 2015-16 I was living in Sydney, and even though I have traveled to Taipei each year since I was 4 years old, being away from Auckland was a huge change. I was born in New Zealand, and so having that time to be away really taught me a lot. The truth is, when I wrote My Love Hate Relationship With Auckland, I felt unmotivated when I was living in Auckland, which was a big factor in why I decided to move to Sydney in that period of time. It is well known that Auckland does tend to have a slower pace of life if we compare it with bigger cities. There were moments I felt bored and really craved being in an environment where there were always things going on.
There are times where I still feel this way, but I also feel lucky to live in a city that is growing and developing, and I appreciate it for it being a lot more relaxing and not to mention the fresh air by the seaside. Since moving back for over a year now, I find there are things to do, but you just need to find them. If you want an active lifestyle, try new things, discover places and look for new experiences. The title may be misleading because it might imply that I didn’t like Auckland before, but I think it’s more the feeling that in the past I didn’t have any particular feelings towards living in Auckland. However, I feel that it will always be my home no matter where I might be in the world.
I appreciate the rise of ethical fashion brands in Auckland and the amount of recycled and second hand clothing stores. I love that the fashion scene has changed since the last few years, and there are far more people embracing their personal style. I love that! What I realise is that to enjoy a place, it often comes from your own mindset, perspective, the people you surround yourself with and how you fill your days. Living in Auckland, I only need a few close friends and I feel satisfied. I remember talking to my dear longtime friend, and we both said how we need to stay productive. We appreciate having time alone, but we also like to have an active lifestyle.
I think New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world to have a balanced lifestyle. You can work hard and play hard. Every city has its pros and cons, such as expense of food, living, how much you earn, making friends, education, activities and so on. Who knows, maybe in the future I may want to move to a different city, but I find Auckland is the sort of place that is welcoming to come home to no matter how long you’re away. New Zealand does tend to have a slower pace of life, relaxed nature and most people are pretty friendly. Auckland is a large city, and even if you go up north or down south, there’s lots to discover. Beautiful beaches, country side, farmers markets and the list goes on.
If you ever visit Auckland, you should definitely visit the inner city, but make sure to go visit other places outside of the central area as well.
If you live in Auckland or have visited, what do you feel are some of the pros and cons?